I would suggest that O Sensei would hold the real sword /bokken in the same manner. Check out some Batto ho stuff on Youtube.[not O Sensei ]Possibly Biran Online may have some clips. Hope you are well, Cheers, Joe.
Thank you Joe Sensei
I had a look at Biran Online
. I also have a friend who does the Chiba weapons and every once in a while we get someone who does batto-ho
etc here. I once visited a Nishio - lineage school where I was specifically told to hold the bokken
without the "wringing out" to accommodate the tsuba
In any case, it seems Osensei didn't teach aikido much with a live blade. I wonder if his opinion on how one has to be held might have influenced this (apart from the obvious reasons, like tanren uchi
with a blade would be over-with really quickly).